Sophomore Holocaust Project

Part A
The Book
Part B
Research Paper
Part C
SIRS Article



Holocaust Project       


PART A:   THE BOOK        DUE DATE:___________________

l.  Read a non-fiction book on the theme of the Holocaust. 

    Books must be chosen from the Aquinas Library—reviews of

    some of the books are on the Library’s Home Page. 

    You will be going to the library as a class to choose

    the book.


2.  You will create a “Jackdaw” box containing at least 10

    items that represent the book you are reading.  Along with

    each item you will need a 4 X 6 note card (total of 10)

    explaining each item’s significance to the story. 


    Instructions for this box are below.


3.  You will present your “Jackdaw box” to the class. 

        (Time  3-4 minutes)




TASK:  A Jackdaw is a Eurasian bird that collects things. 

       For this “book report” you will create a jackdaw box—a

       visual, artistic, tangible representation of significant

       aspects of your book.  Inside this special container (box)

       will be at least TEN (10) items created by you which

       demonstrate your understanding of the person and the

       events that person lived through. 



   Create a container or transform a previously existing container of some type to create your box. For example, a shoebox, a handbag, hat box, tin container, or cereal box could be transformed into a trunk, a railroad car, a suitcase, etc.  Make sure you include the title of your book and the author some-

place on the box. 


   Items collected in the jackdaw box could include:

     *time lines

     *newspaper stories (you could compose one)

     *diary type entries

     *letters between people in the story (handwritten)

     *maps of a person’s journey

     *artifacts from the book such as clothing, a keepsake,

      mementos, etc. (examples: cloth star, glasses, shoes,

      tattered piece of clothing, etc—use your imagination and

      picture yourself in the book)

     *illustrations of important events

Each item must be accompanied by a complete description of its significance on a 4 X 6 card.  You must also include an index

card description for the box as well.






Holocaust Survivors




PART B:  RESEARCH PAPER      DATE DUE:___________________


1.  Research a topic related to the Holocaust (topics will be

    assigned by the teacher) so as to write a brief two (2) page

    research paper.  Two class periods will be provided for

    library research.  

      Paper will include

           a.  Two text pages

           b.  Work Cited page

           c.  Attach copies of any Web Articles that you use.


2.  You will need to use the following sources (a minimum of 4)

    (Place a Check mark when you have obtained that source)


    ____a. National Holocaust Museum Web site (link on library

             home page)


    ____b. Holocaust Encyclopedia (In Library) (Copies will be

              made of your article on library copier)


    ____c. A library book (copies of pages you need will be made

           on library copier)


    ____d. An additional Web site from the links listed on the

           library home page or an additional library book. No

           additional encyclopedia articles may be used. If

           using a web article you must attach copy to project.


                  ESSAY GUIDELINES

Essays are to be two (2) pages long, double-spaced, and size 12


Times New Roman font.  Parenthetical citations must be used to


indicate the source of your information.  Follow the format


shown in Writers Inc. Include a proper heading.


For each source you will need the following information in order to complete a works cited list for your paper:  


    Title of book/web site/periodical (magazine or newspaper)


    Place of publication

    Date/year of publication

    Source of information for materials gotten online

    Name of website/sponsoring organization

    Date information was downloaded from Website


Be sure and use the correct color forms in the library to help you complete works cited entry for each source.

 Yellow-Web;  Green—Encyclopedia;  White—Regular Book; Blue-SIRS






Student Research Sites—Holocaust Sites








PART C:  SIRS ARTICLE     DATE DUE__________________


Read one of the SIRS articles on modern day genocide listed on the Aquinas Library Web Page.  There will be direct link from the library home page to the SIRS ARTICLE.  Scroll through the list and choose an article. (You may want to look at several articles before you choose one.)


Pick one of the following to guide you in writing a one (1) page reflection paper on the contents of the article.  Attach the reflection paper to the article. 


1.  Imagine yourself in the situation that you are reading about.  Discuss a memorable part of this article and how you would see yourself reacting if you were actually living in this experience. 


2.  Write a letter to the author of your article, beginning,

“I have just finished reading your article and I would like you to know that…”  (If no author is given just use Dear Author)



3.  Has this article helped you in any way relate the Holocaust to current world events.  How have your opinions changed? Or maybe they have not. 


The important thing to keep in mind when writing your reactions is to be honest with yourself.





  Type in username and password:

  Click on box underneath username and password that says



Choose an article from the list below.  Type in the title from the list below in the SIRS search box.  Briefly review the article to see if this is the one you wish to use. If not choose another article and preview it.






Uganda:  The Horror”

In Uganda, tens of thousands of children have been abducted, 1.6 million people herded into camps and thousands of people killed.


Abduction of the Innocent


“Horror Stories”

Millions of secret police and intelligence files seized by U.S. forces detail the unspeakable atrocities sanctioned by Saddam Hussein.


Bodies Yield Evidence of Hussein-Era Killings”

Beneath the clinical glare of fluorescent lights in a collection of makeshift laboratories, the victims of mass murder under Suddam Hussein are slowly brought back to life.  For two years, a team of forensic scientists from around the world has shifted through bones, clothes, identity papers, etc.


“The Agony of Darfur

Hawa has a tiny cabin to herself.  In the teeming Darafuri refugee camp where most families must share huts, this seems a luxury.  but for the 18 year old it is terrible, especially at night when gunshots ring throughout the camp.


Dying in Darfur

Can the ethnic cleansing in Sudan be stopped? The story of Amina Abaker Mohammed.



“Genocide in Sudan

The United Nations suppresses its own report on ‘the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis.’


“Militias in Sudan Are Burning People Alive, Aid Worker Says”

The boy doesn’t wear shorts.  He doesn’t play with his friends.  His heart wants to, but his legs won’t let him.  Only 12, Hussein Muhamed sits in the shade of his small hut, dressed in a pair of long khakis, a lost soul sidelined in a refugee camp full of them.


Would the World Allow Another Genocide?”

As quickly as Rwanda began its descent into genocide 10 years ago, the world community began its retreat from any serious effort to help stop the frenzy that killed nearly 1 million people in just 100 days.


A Nation of Widows: Bosnia

The adult population of Bosnia is now 70% female, but women are being shortchanged in the reconstruction.


Bosnia Muslims Were Killed by the Truckload”

Until now, the world knew little of what happened when Bosnian Serb forces took over the un-protected Muslim town of Srebrenica in July.  But Monitor interviews with nine survivors tell of

systematic executions and massive war crimes.


“After Genocide:  Building Peace In Bosnia


“The War In Bosnia:  A Camp of Mourners”

Having lost kin and their homes, Bosnian refuges live deep in grief.


“Muslims Feeling New Serb Purges

Serb forces have stepped up a deadly new wave of “ethnic cleansing” in northwestern Bosnia that appears aimed at pushing out the region’s remaining 200,000 Muslims, according to international relief officials.


“Bitter Tales of Rape, Plunder

A brutal nightmare twists the lives of Bosnia’s refugee women. This is the story of Kozarac, a town of 27,000 in northwestern Bosnia, which was surrounded by ethnic Serbian forces and then the attack began.  Now the women and their children, about 25 of them in all are the destitute survivors of this attack.


“Seeking Refuge”

About 50 Muslim and Croatian refugees from Bosnia, as well as a few Serbs fleeing the war, have recently arrived in Minnesota.  This is the profile of three sides of the conflict to find out how their lives have changed.


“An Awful Truth Sinks In”

After years of hope, survivors of Iraq’s slaughter of Kurds now know the missing won’t be coming back.  At least 100,000 died.


“123 Million People on the Move:  The tides of Humanity”

Never in History have so many people wanted to be somewhere else.  Spilling out of Haiti, Cuba and Rwanda.


“Broken Region of Darfur Facing ‘Inevitable’ Famine

Once, this was the season when Khartoma Ibrahim prayed for the rains to come.  She was a farmer then, before the troubles here in Darfu changed everything, even her prayers.  The rains should come any day now, but this year Ibrahim, 35, has no fields to plant. She, her husband and their six children languish in a refugee camp.


“Slavery In Sudan Becomes A ‘Cause’ in US”

Joe Madison says he doesn’t cry easily.  But in Sudan recently to witness the liberation of 400 women and children who had been held as slaves, Mr. Madison wept.


“Witness To Slavery:  Horror in villages Haunted By Slavery”

“Everyone could take whatever kind of person they wanted.  Anyone who likes women could take women.  Any one who likes girls could take girls.  anyone who likes a small boy could take a small boy.”


“Witness To Slavery:  Bought—and Freed”

Freedom:  for a handful of cash, our reporters strike a deal with an Arab middleman, freeing two young boys after six years of bondage.  The exchange proves beyond all doubt that slavery exists in Sudan.